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2015 Turnbull Stakes runners - The final field and barrier draw for Sunday's Group One

  • Favoured runners get barriers 12 and wider.
  • Capacity field of 16 set to take place.
Mark Zahra riding Alpine Eagle before the Makybe Diva Stakes

Sunday’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington has attracted a capacity field of 16 plus one emergency with some favoured runners drawing the widest gates.

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Equal favourites Alpine Eagle and Royal Descent have come up with barriers 14 and 13 respectively, while third pick Amralah has drawn to the inside of that pair in barrier 12.

The Tony McEvoy-trained Alpine Eagle put in an eye-catching run in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) when finishing less than a length from Fawkner after sitting deep for the entire trip.

He covered more ground than any horse in the race and now drops from 58.5kg to 54.5kg under the set weights and penalties conditions of the $500,000 feature.

Royal Descent is a model of consistency and most recently finished 3rd to Kermadec in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick, while Amralah scored his first Australian win last start in the Listed Tokyo City Cup (1800m) at Morphettville and will be aiming to give Team Williams their fourth win in the race in the last seven years.

Other favoured runners to have drawn poorly include Hartnell (15), Dandino (16) and Rising Romance (17).

Reigning Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist has drawn and inside gate (2) and looks set for a cushy run, while Happy Trails will be looking for his second win in the race from barrier 3.

2015 Turnbull Stakes field and barriers:

1. HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara - Dwayne Dunn (3) 59kg
2. PROTECTIONIST (GER) Kris Lees - Brenton Avdulla (2) 57.5kg
3. HARTNELL (GB) John O'Shea - James McDonald (15) 57.5kg
4. PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller - Hugh Bowman (10) 56.5kg
5. VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ - Donna Logan - TBA (8) 56.5kg
6. MAGICOOL Mark Kavanagh - James Winks (1) 56.5kg
7. DANDINO (GB) Darren Weir - Ben Melham (16) 56.5kg
8. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller - Blake Shinn (4) 56.5kg
9. RISING ROMANCE (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig - Damian Lane (17) 55.5kg
10. WEARY (FR) Chris Waller - Craig Newitt (9) 55.5kg
11. AMRALAH (IRE) Robert Hickmott - Damien Oliver (12) 55kg
12. EXTRA ZERO David Hayes & Tom Dabernig - Michael Walker (11) 54.5kg
13. SET SQUARE Ciaron Maher - Luke Currie (7) 54.5kg
14. GUST OF WIND (NZ) John Sargent - Craig Williams (5) 54.5kg
15. ALPINE EAGLE Tony McEvoy - Mark Zahra (14) 54.5kg
16. ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller - Glen Boss (13) 53.5kg
17e. AWESOME ROCK Leon & Troy Corstens - Chris Parnham (6) 53.5kg


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2015 Turnbull Stakes runners - The final field and barrier draw for Sunday's Group One

Sunday’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington has attracted a capacity field of 16 plus one emergency with some favoured runners drawing the widest gates.

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